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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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I have done SPOT, SPOT Gen3, InReach and Iridium. I like SPOT because itís cheap, you can leave it on for two weeks without worrying about batteries dying, and using SPOTWALLA is my favorite website for creating and viewing tracks. Throw it in the left fairing compartment and forget it. That said, InReach and SPOT4 have texting ability, and Iridium is a WiFi hotspot for when you donít have cell coverage. FWIW
Thanks for the info. I'd*probably keep it in my riding jacket pocket because if thrown from the bike in a collision, I would hope to be able to activate the SOS feature if immobile. If I'm unconscious, things have probably gone too far south for help.
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Thanks for the info. I'd*probably keep it in my riding jacket pocket because if thrown from the bike in a collision, I would hope to be able to activate the SOS feature if immobile. If I'm unconscious, things have probably gone too far south for help.
I've bailed off a dirt bike before it went over a cliff before, and the eureka moment hit me solid--how would I have called for help if the locator was mounted on the bike? My SPOT stays in the fairing compartment, the InReach is on my person as a backup since the SPOT is cheaper and battery life is 100x longer. That said, I don't envision many of us on here using two satellite trackers, nor sporting an orange brick clipped to the left shoulder strap of a CamelBak on the way to Bike Week.

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I have a Spot connect that I used on the Alaskapade. When it worked, it worked well. Reception and coverage were reliable, but the bluetooth connectivity to my phone wasn't reliable. Tried multiple phones. I just think the Spot Connect wasn't ready for prime time. I'm not even sure it's still available.


For my Australian Outback trip, I took a Garmin inReach SE. Really liked two-way messaging. There were nights alone in the outback where I felt VERY alone and the ability to reach out and converse was kind of nice. I'll be activating and using the Garmin for my Nepal/Tibet/Everest trip next May.



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My wife always worries about me when Iím riding so put the Life360 app on our phones. Free & seems to track pretty well both of us. Havenít noticed a significant battery drain.

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I use Life360 also. The downside is it resets every day so you can't save your entire route. It is mostly useful to know where you are at the moment. My wife can also track my speed when I am moving. I occasionally get messages, "hey, should you slow down?", to which I do not reply . You do need cell phone coverage so if you go down in the "boonies" you can only be tracked to the last place you had coverage.

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I've bailed off a dirt bike before it went over a cliff before, and the eureka moment hit me solid--how would I have called for help if the locator was mounted on the bike? My SPOT stays in the fairing compartment, the InReach is on my person as a backup since the SPOT is cheaper and battery life is 100x longer. That said, I don't envision many of us on here using two satellite trackers, nor sporting an orange brick clipped to the left shoulder strap of a CamelBak on the way to Bike Week.
For a similar reason, this is why it can be beneficial to carry your cell phone on your body on road rides. You go down, injured and your bike is not next to you.

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Track my speed. I hope that can be turned of or rounded down in settings


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